As the parent of a young daughter, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has hit my family hard. It is impossible to think of the tragedy without projecting the face of my own child onto the young victims, or trying to identify with the agony and anguish of their families, especially the parents.
Because of this I cannot help but view people’s responses through the lens of how they would be received if seen or heard by one of those grieving mothers or fathers. It is also a challenge because as an atheist (or, as I prefer, a Humanist), I cannot escape the avalanche of directives to pray and proffering of religious explanations for the carnage. [Read more…]